GUAM Summit Date Defined
Azerbaijan, Baku, 13 March / corr Trend S.Agayeva / A summit of Heads of State of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM member-countries is scheduled for 1-2 July, Secretariat of the organization based in Kiev told Trend via telephonic conversations on 13 March.
Valery Chechelashvili, the secretary general of GUAM, discussed the preparations for GUAM summit due in Tbilisi, in a meeting with the Georgian Government officials.
During the consultations between Chechelashvili and Georgian Prime Minister, Minister for European and Eurasian integration, first deputy head of the Georgian President's Administration, deputy foreign minister, the national coordinator from Georgia the sides noted the importance of intensifying work with respect to implement the Strategy on field cooperation development and implementation of concrete project of GUAM, the Secretariat stated.
In 1997, Four post-Soviet republics: Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova, established GUAM format during a summit of the Presidents of European Union countries in Strasburg. In 1999, Uzbekistan joined the organization but left four years later. In 2006, at the first summit of the organization in Kiev a decision was made to announce GUAM as an international organization with a new name; Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM.